SANE Walk supports victim exam services in Summit County |

SANE Walk supports victim exam services in Summit County

To observe the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) team is holding its third annual SANE Walk this Sunday. Money raised from the 1.5 mile walk supports SANE program needs, which includes training for nurses and equipment for the exam room.

The SANE program provides specialized care to people who have been assaulted. Specially trained nurses are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, to give patients one-on-one care. SANE has a special waiting room and exam room within the hospital. The program was implemented last August.

Program coordinator Jenn McConnell said the walk not only raises money for the program, but brings awareness to it.

The walk starts this Sunday, April 3 at 11 a.m., and follows the recreation pathway from Frisco’s Main Street to the hospital. Day-of-walk registration begins at 10 a.m. at the hospital, located at 340 Peak Drive in Frisco. Transportation will be provided to the start of the walk at the offices of the Advocates for Victims of Assault, located upstairs at 610 Main Street in Frisco. Refreshments will be served before the walk, and then again at the end. McConnell said there will also be an open house of the SANE exam room to inform participants about the program.

McConnell said studies have shown that communities with SANE programs have decreased incidents of sexual assault. She said she hopes by increasing awareness of the program within Summit County, incidents of sexual assault will decrease.

McConnell said the walk already has about 50 registered participants, and they hope to have a few hundred by Sunday. She said organizers have a $3,000 goal.

To pre-register for the SANE Walk contact Linda Lichtendahl at the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation at (970) 668-9755 or email The entry fee for adults is $25, $10 for K-12 students, and free for children under 5.

People who can’t attend the event, but want to contribute, can make a donation by mailing a check to the Summit Medical Center Health Foundation, PO Box 738 Frisco, CO 80443.

Participants are asked to leave pets at home.

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